FOTD: Oh, Put It On

I’m still not on board with liquid lipsticks. Nevertheless, I had to pick up this one when I saw it at Target. It’s hard to find new color releases here.  So, fellow Hawaii makeup addicts, Target has quite an impressive selection of NYX products, including the new NYX Liquid Suede colors. ;)

Oh, Put It On is a deep, almost-black purple. I think it makes enough of a statement on its own, as all dark lips do, so here is my go-to pairing: almost nada on the eyes and face.

Face

Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer – Light Neutral
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish
Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Palette (The Sculpting Powder – Medium, Celestial Powder – Starlight, Matte Bronzing Veil – Desert Nights, Pure Powder Glow – Aurora)

Brows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade – Medium Brown

Eyes

Phee’s Makeup Tips – Peppered
Makeup Geek – Vanilla Bean
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara

Lips

KIKO Invisible Lip Liner
ColourPop Lippie Pencil – Nevermind
NYX Liquid Suede – Oh, Put It On

Red Lips District: Urban Decay Vice lipstick 714

urban decay vice lipstick 714 fotd

I have such a brain block when it comes to trying to write this post. Red lipsticks may never go out of fashion, but my enthusiasm and energy for writing about them is certainly waning. Let’s just get straight to it.

This is Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 714. It’s a holdover shade from the Revolution + Gwen Stefani line. Incidentally, I recently saw this very shade on clearance at Nordstrom Rack for $9. *wink wink nudge nudge*

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 714 swatch

urban decay vice lipstick 714 swatch

714 is a bright, intense red. To my eye, it leans a little orange, which is super flattering on my skin tone. Unlike the previous red I wrote about, Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick Legendary, I definitely feel like I need to dress up somewhat for this red. The day I wore this, I actually changed out of my sweat pants to walk my dog, because I thought the disparity between my face and my clothes would be too great otherwise.

The look

urban decay vice lipstick 714 fotd 2

Instead of the predictable sharp winged liner, I opted for a soft bronze-y haze. The orange tones in the eyeshadow complement the warmth of the lipstick, don’t you think? I added some trio clusters to balance the eyes with the strong lips, and kept the rest of the face minimal.

This was my first time trying the new matte Vice formula, and I really think they knocked it out of the park! It’s comfortable to wear, and it stayed put throughout a meal with very minimum fading. I used a clear lip liner around the outside edges and didn’t experience any bleeding. If and when I ever run out of this lipstick sample, I may consider buying a full-size. I’m glad there is a long-wearing option for those of us who dislike liquid lipsticks!

Face

The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
theBalm bronzer – Balm Desert
Soap & Glory Glow All Out
NARS x Pierre Hardy blush – Boys Don’t Cry

Brows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown

Eyes

Phee’s Makeup Tips – Sphinx
Makeup Geek – Peach Smoothie, Vanilla Bean
Too Faced – Coffee Bean
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil – Demolition
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara
KISS Trio Lashes – X Short, Short

Lips

KIKO Invisible Lip Liner
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 714

urban decay vice lipstick 714 fotd products used

What’s in my travel makeup bag? September 2016

september-makeup

I’m back!!

Well, I’ve been home for almost three weeks now, but as I am practically incapable of behaving like a functioning adult, I am only getting around to reviving my poor blog now-ish. Heh.

I was away from my makeup stash for most of the month of September. First, I went on a trip to Asia with my dad. I came back to Hawaii for a few days and stayed at my uncle’s place while waiting for our bathroom renovation to wrap up. Then, I spent a weekend in Las Vegas for my cousin’s wedding. When we finally moved back in, it took awhile to sort our lives back in order. It’s still not 100% sorted out, but whose life really is, amirite?

Anyway! This post is on what was in my travel makeup bag that I used for the past month. Let’s see what made the cut.

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Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche – Radish

bite beauty amuse bouche radish

When Sephora had a 250 point reward in the new Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche formula in Radish, I quickly made a (sorta) justified order to snag it. I love deeper bright pinks on me, I find them quite flattering on my skin tone. Just a swipe will wake up my entire face and make me look more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed than I feel.

bite beauty amuse bouche radish swatch

Radish is described as “deep magenta with violet-blue undertones,” which to my poor color-discerning eye and descriptive vocabulary, sounds accurate.

Here it is on my face:

fotd bite beauty amuse bouche radish

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Currently Coveting: December 2015

It’s the holiday season! That means shiny new baubles for makeup magpies like myself to get all grabby hands over!

However, nowadays I am committed to buying less things and getting rid of crap I already have but don’t use. I just did an inventory of all the makeup I brought to London, and considering how often I’ve posted looks using said makeup (never), I really brought too much.

Although it seems counterintuitive to write a post about new things I want that I obviously don’t need, I find it actually helps me to see the patterns I fall into. Usually, if I list it down and leave it alone for awhile, I come back later and find that the overwhelming urge to buy whatever it is I thought I couldn’t live without, has disappeared.

  • Zoeva brushes

zoeva brushes

There’s been a lot of buzz over these brushes, and I’ve narrowed it down to these two that I really want: the rose gold cheek brush, and the brow brush. I currently use the MAC 266 for my eyebrows, but it’s not as sharp as I’d like it to be. Of course, I don’t need the blush brush, but LOOK AT IT.

I’ve had these two in my cart on beautybay.com but currently the brow brush is out of stock.

  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows

makeup geek eyeshadow pans

Beauty Bay has also recently started stocking Makeup Geek eyeshadows! I know I’m late to the party on these, but I never wanted to make a big enough order on the Makeup Geek website to justify the (nominal) shipping charge. I’m irrationally stingy.

Since they’re super popular, they’ve been going in and out of stock on Beauty Bay. Early this morning, all systems were go, but it looks like everything (?!) is out of stock now. Another “oh well.” I take it as a mixed blessing, because otherwise I’d be spending money that I don’t have.

Lastly, since the stock pictures of the eyeshadows are rather bland, here are some swatches from Viola of Killer Colours:

makeup geek prom night swatch killer colours

makeup geek barcelona beach swatch killer colours

These are from this post about her Makeup Geek eyeshadows. Do check her blog out, but be warned: I have bought so many things based off swatches and reviews on her site. It doesn’t help that she’s drop dead gorgeous and many products look amazing on her. I, of course, look nothing like her. But whatever. She’s super cool and I totally have a girlcrush on her.

  • Phee’s Makeup Shop Palette + Trio

phees makeup shop palette trio

Another lemming created by Viola. Bundle sets are always a better value, and with 25% off your first order if you sign up for her newsletter, this comes down to £18.75 (about $28.15 USD). Honestly, I would get it without the palette (£11.63, or $17.46), since I have a couple empty Z palettes sitting at home. I only brought one small one with me, though, and it has zero space for more makeup. What to do??

  • Manic Panic Semi-Permanent Hair Color Cream

manic panic hair color cream

Without my dear hairstylist Mel, my red hair is fading slowly into a brassy coppery orange. Not cute. I bought three henna coloring creams from Amazon in Auburn, Copper, and Mahogany. It actually worked pretty well to refresh the color, but now I’m getting a bit bored with red. Since I already have a lightened base and existing color, I was thinking about buying one (or both) of these to achieve a wine reddish purple. I have to use up the henna ones first, though.

By the way, fuchsia is spelled wrong. It’s really bothering me, but that’s what the product is called, so I’m going to let it go. O_o

  • Everlane Modern Zip Backpack

everlane zip backpack

Ha, the stock picture wasn’t against a white background. Whatever!

I was recently quite annoyed with Everlane, as my last order took well over a month to get to Hawaii. I had ordered from them before, and it never took that long. I was afraid it got lost somewhere. Finally, it eventually arrived, but after I had already left for New York. My friend Krystal will be visiting me in a couple weeks, and she’s kind enough to bring it with her for me.

After emailing Everlane and expressing my disbelief at how long the order took, they added $15 credit to my account. I’m still rather wary about ordering from them again, but I do love their products so much. This backpack is currently out of stock anyway, so at least I don’t have to wrestle with that decision for awhile yet.

What’s on your wish list? I also want a Christmas advent calendar, but they’re all a bit expensive, and I really don’t want more random things. I think I just want the joy of opening a little box of something cute and tiny, every day until Christmas. Sigh.